Category Archives: Consumer Info

Poor Indoor Air Quality? Try These Air-Filtering Houseplants!

We all know that houseplants brighten up your space and freshen up the air. But did you know that they actually have air-filtering properties that can help neutralize the effects of “sick building syndrome”? It’s true—NASA says so! In fact,

Listen to Goldilocks When It Comes to Furnace Size

“Not too big. Not too small. Just right.” That’s the guiding principle that Goldilocks taught us, and it 100% applies to furnace size. You don’t want your furnace to be too small for your property or else you’ll run into trouble heating

R-22 (Freon) Will Only Be Around for Another 5 Years

R-22, better known as Freon, has historically been the most commonly used refrigerant in air conditioning systems. However, as a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) compound, it contains chlorine, which is known to contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer. For that reason, the

Air Purifier Sales in U.S. Just Keep Growing

According to a recent press release from TechSci Research, the United States air purifier market is projected to grow 10% annually between 2015 and 2020. Sales continue to climb as the national air quality declines due to widespread pollution. The

‘Today’ Show Gives Tips on How to Deal With the Allergy Season of 2015

Back in March of this year, allergist Dr. Clifford Bassett visited The Today Show and warned us all that the spring allergy season of 2015 would be one of the most brutal on record. He explained that pollen counts rise in the spring

Air Conditioning Systems Are Main Source of Legionnaire’s Disease

Most HVAC contractors are aware of the dangers of Legionnaire’s Disease, but average homeowners may not be. Caused by the bacterium Legionella, Legionnaire’s Disease infects approximately 18,000 Americans per year. Most of the cases can be traced back to contaminated air

Beware of Fraudulent HVAC Professionals

A few recent news stories have proven yet again that you can’t trust as many people as you’d like to. In Portland, OR, and Zanesville, OH, HVAC professionals—or so they pretended to be—scammed honest homeowners out of thousands of dollars

Rise in Carbon Monoxide Poisonings Linked to Heavy Snowfall

If your region has been getting hit with a lot of snowfall lately, be careful: ill-placed snowdrifts could create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak in your home. According to the Bangor Daily News, there were 30 cases of carbon monoxide exposure

Avoid These Common Winter HVAC Problems

Without fail, the bitter cold weather at this time of year always presents homeowners and property managers with a series of winter HVAC problems. Of course, there are obvious issues when it comes to watching your energy consumption and costs,

Carrier and Honeywell Announce Their Own Smart Thermostats

Nest is seeing more and more competition in the smart thermostat market. In 2014, two major corporations jumped on the smart-home bandwagon and announced their own line of smart thermostats. Carrier and Honeywell, both of which have been reputable, household names for